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Home & Garden

  • Get use out of fall leaves
    Every autumn, when the leaves flutter down, we're faced with a dilemma. Is this the year when we stop raking and blowing those leaves to the curb to be hauled away?
  • Get use out of fall leaves
    Every autumn, when the leaves flutter down, we’re faced with a dilemma.Is this the year when we stop raking and blowing those leaves to the curb to be hauled away? Is this the year we start our own compost pile?
  • Old timbers, new appeal
      John Hodupp is standing next to a huge pile of 20-foot long timbers. If he were a jeweler, they would be blue diamonds. If he sold mushrooms, they would be his truffles.
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Prepare for spring

Tree and shrub branches that have been damaged by ice and snow should be removed before new spring growth for the health and look of the plant. Remove the damaged stem back to the nearest branch or leader, leaving the natural swelling or collar at the join. Lopping shears will handle smaller branches. Use a pruning saw for thicker ones, but leave branches that are large, high or near power lines to an arborist.

– Adrian Higgins, Washington Post

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